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Write Your Own Christmas Song

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Pen your very own Christmas song this December. Make the season extra-special and create a family keepsake in the process. You may discover a hidden talent for songwriting! Need some tips to get started?

A thoughtful post at All Things Christmas reminds the would-be holiday song composer to stick to light-hearted and joyous themes. That is, most popular Christmas carols are upbeat and simple, so no need to overdo the profound sentiment here if that makes you uncomfortable.

While the Web has more interesting Christmas song trivia than you can shake a reindeer at, actual songwriting advice for would-be Irving Berlins is hard to come by. That's why I was delighted to discover Erica Lane's free video tutorials for eHow devoted to the very topic of DIY Christmas songs.

Okay, so the presentation style is a teensy bit lackluster. (Holly rhymes with jolly? Really?!) The series is still a wondrous resource for would-be songwriters, covering basics like getting those Christmas-y idea juices flowing, coming up with a compelling song framework, and chord progressions. Our host even comes up with her very own song about St. Nicholas to illustrate the whole process.

Jingle Bell Rock indeed!

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